Baseball Welcomes Former Buc And Family To Throw Ceremonial First Pitch

Baseball Welcomes Former Buc And Family To Throw Ceremonial First Pitch
Photo by Joel Auerbach.

MIAMI SHORES, Fla. – Barry University’s baseball team begins a three-game series Friday night against SSC foe Saint Leo beginning at 6 p.m. On hand to throw out the ceremonial first pitch will be Ellie Corbeil.

On September 30, 2011, at only 11 months old, Ellie Corbeil was diagnosed with AML, an aggressive form of leukemia. She was in the hospital continuously for 6 months undergoing chemotherapy. As with all cancer treatments, her immune system was so low that she could not have visitors or even leave her hospital room.

Ellie spent her first birthday, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's and Valentine’s Day in the hospital. Ellie even learned to walk in the hospital. No person, especially a child, should ever have to go through what Ellie went through. You can help kids like Ellie by joining our TEAM.

Ellie and her family are taking part in the local CURESEARCH walk to support childhood cancer. Only 1% of all money donated to cancer research goes to childhood cancer. CURESEARCH donates 97% to childhood cancer research.

PLEASE join our family at OLETA STATE PARK on May 4 as we walk for childhood cancer. To register go to and join TEAM LOVE ELLIE. We are happy to say that only 2 years old, Ellie has been in remission for over a year and is the strongest person, we've ever known. Nick Corbeil played for the Buccaneers from 2003-2006. As a catcher, Corbeil earned All-American honors in 2006.

First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. and the first pitch ceremony will be available through the live-video coverage on the Bucs’ Broadcasting Network, GOBARRYBUCS.COM.